This combined track is for hospitalists who practice in academic medical centers and face unique challenges, as well as for hospitalists in any setting interested in research. Just a few topics being addressed include, How to Engage Leadership to Ensure Success, Building a Mentorship Program and Improving Academic Output Through Faculty Development. Also featured are oral presentations selected from the RIV abstracts receiving the top scores by reviewers. Every hospitalist, whether in a community or academic medical setting, who desires to bring greater rigor to their analysis as well as educational effectiveness will walk away from these sessions with new resources to implement.
NEW! Clinical Updates
Keeping up with the ever-expanding body of medical literature and changes to clinical practice guidelines can be challenging. The Clinical Updates track provides evidence-based updates from recent literature published in medicine subspecialty fields and specific topic areas that all hospitalists need to know in order to provide optimal management for specific conditions in hospitalized patients. If you choose to attend this track, you will learn updates in cardiology (atrial fibrillation and heart failure), critical care, infectious diseases, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology, oncology, palliative care, perioperative & consultative medicine, pharmacology, and pulmonary medicine.
The perioperative and consult medicine track explores the perioperative and consultative medicine questions that challenge hospitalists on a daily basis. This hospitalist core competency increases in complexity on a daily basis, and yet many physicians were not even taught the basics in residency. If you follow this track, you can view sessions such as Perioperative Pitfalls: All Cardiac, All the Time, Anti-thrombotic Therapy and the Procedural Patient and Potpourri of Periop: Everything Not Cardiac and Not Pulmonary.
NEW! Diagnostic Reasoning
Diagnostic error is one of the most important safety problems in healthcare today, and inflicts the most harm. Accurate and timely diagnosis are the two cornerstones of high-quality patient care. This year’s topics in the Diagnostic Reasoning Track will include Addressing Diagnostic Error, Teaching Clinical Reasoning, Stump the Professor, Solutions to Diagnostic Error and Medical Chopped (built off the successful Food Network Series ‘Chopped’).
Early Career Hospitalists
Inspired by SHM Past President Eric Howell’s vision to increase the pipeline to Hospital Medicine, this track dedicated to new hospitalists, residents and medical students who are the future of SHM. SHM clinician-educators have created six talks dedicated to meet the needs of the next wave of hospitalists. Session topics include, The Flipside to Mentorship, How to be a Great Mentee, A Trainee’s Guide to Getting Published, Hospitalist Careers: So Many Options and More!
NEW! Health Policy
In this new Health Policy track experts will discuss the most current healthcare policy issues as they impact hospitalists and what we can expect from a new Presidential administration and changes in Congress. Sessions will cover an array of timely topics including: MACRA and alternative payment models, observation status policy, mental health & the opioid epidemic, mandatory bundled payments, and implications for healthcare policy post-election.
NEW! High Value Care
Unnecessary care is not only wasteful and costly, but it can be harmful to patients as well. Our NEW High Value Care (HVC) track will guide attendees on how to avoid diagnostic and therapeutic overuse and how to move towards the right care for every hospital medicine patient. This year’s track will include sessions on Things We Do For No Reason, Imaging Wisely, Overcoming a Culture Overrun with Overuse, How to talk to Patients about HVC, Finding HVC at the End of Life, and a panel discussion highlighting HM17’s Best HVC Research Abstract Submissions.
NEW! Medical Education
The Mini Med-Ed track is for hospitalists who are interested in improving their teaching skills. A strong teaching approach can impact and shape how leaners think about and approach patient care for years to come. Attending this short but impactful track will help you build high-yield mini-lectures for teaching on the wards, learn the secrets of the best teaching attendings, and understand why point-of-care ultrasound represents the next level of the physical exam.
This year’s Pediatric Track will focus on improving the clinical care of kids in all settings. From current hot topics like inpatient ultrasound and creating effective community hospital sites to updates on age-old challenges such as antibiotic therapy and the dreaded BRUE (formerly ALTE). Also included are new sessions on high-value care and women in hospitalist leadership as well as the time-honored “top articles” update in pediatric hospital medicine.
The potpourri track offers presentations on a variety of non-clinical topics of interest to the practicing hospitalist. The variety of topics include The History of Medicine, Why We Fail at Work-Life Balance and A Case-based Approach to Difficult Conversations.
The importance of organizational infrastructure related to the practice of hospital medicine is well recognized, and information in this area continues to accumulate. This year’s topics in the Practice Management Track will include Leading Your Way to Success: Five Key Leadership Lessons Learned, Hot Topics in Billing, Coding and Clinical Documentation, Foundations of a Hospital Medicine Telemedicine Program and many more.
Given the importance of quality and patient safety in the delivery of healthcare, the Quality Track is offered to address the imperatives around development and implementation of improvement efforts in the hospital. Practical sessions will cover such areas as The Hospitalist’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic, Medication Reconciliation Implementation: A Hospital Case Study and Improving Quality in the Community Hospital: Key Facilitators.
The Rapid Fire Track is designed to provide participants with “rapid bursts” of content and to address specific questions framed by the Annual Meeting Committee. The topics are very clinical and relevant to everyday inpatient practice. Inpatient Diabetes Management for the Hospitalist, Urologic Emergencies Hospitalists Need to Know, Opiates- How and When to Prescribe Confused: Delirium or Dementia are a few of the 30 topics to be covered.
Workshop track topics were submitted by members, underwent a peer review, and were selected based on their relevancy to hospitalists, designed engagement and interaction with participants, experience of the presenter(s), and clarity of submission. Submission categories included clinical, research, academic, practice management, and quality and safety.